Work Continues on the Pueblo Army Air Base Scalar

After an eventful week, the group and I are now getting down to the end product of our Scalar.  The final product is due to our professor in Monday, April 30, so we are trying our best to polish the content in order to make what we have done look as professional as possible.  My work has centered on two main areas over the last two days.

The first area has been the chronology of the air base.  I thought that I was done with that particular page, but it turns out there were a couple of problems.  First, I put way too much information in there for a project of this scope.  My professor’s feedback was difficult to take after I had spent so many hours on the research for that particular part of the project, but I will concede that no everyone’s as much a nerd as I am about this stuff.  Therefore I have taken the digital scissors to it considerably, and I have trimmed it down to where it is about a tenth of what it used to be.  I have also expanded on the entries that remained in order to highlight the importance of them for the site’s visitors.

Secondly, I took all of the information I had collected in the chronology about aircraft accidents at PAAB and created a new page dedicated to just that aspect of PAAB’s history.  I felt that the high number of accidents and deaths should be memorialized and remembered, so why not create a separate page in the Scalar to commemorate their sacrifices?  I already had the research done, but it still took me quite a few hours to put together a decent page that coalesced the information into a readable page.  I also pulled in some images of crashed bombers to dress the page up a little, but not I could not find images that were directly associated with PAAB.  I substituted one just so viewers would get an idea of what I was writing about, and I made a notation on the photo that it was not an aircraft from PAAB.

Scalar Work Achieved

Over the course of this weekend, I was able to work a bit on the Scalar project about the Pueblo Army Air Base.  Each member of the group has selected certain pages/subjects of the project on which to concentrate, and two of mine are a chronology of the base and a page on the celebrities that visited the base when it was active during the Second World War.  The chronology was completed, and the celebrity page has been completed for the most part.

The chronology page is a chronological list of events that pertain to Pueblo Army Air Base from its creation in 1942 until its closure in 1947.  Major events are chronicled including arrival and departure of Commanding Officers, accidents and mishaps, major social events, and other major events like the switch from the B-24 as the base’s main training aircraft to the new B-29 in 1945.  This gives a line-by-line approximation of events that occurred during the base’s relatively short lifespan.

The celebrity page talks about visitations from famous celebrities to entertain the troops when the base was active during the Second World War.  Most of these entertainers and celebrities came to the base as part of the USO to help lift morale.  Most were famous actors and singers like Bing Crosby and Albert Dekker, but others were there as part of the training groups at PAAB like Clark Gable.  On the page itself, I provided a brief synopsis along with a little bit of information about what that celebrity would have been known for during the time of their visit.  I hope that viewers will find the information interesting.

Artifact Inspection and Media Acquired

Today DJ, Shannon, and I made another visit to the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum.  This visit proved to be quite beneficial as we uncovered a virtual treasure trove of artifacts and media to use in our Scalar project about the Pueblo Army Air Base.  While there, we also performed some basic cleaning functions for the museum in a quid pro quo in exchange for them allowing us access to their unique displays and artifacts.

DJ and I methodically worked our way through the main display case that contained a myriad of photos, medals, I.D. cards, and other fascinating artifacts from the air base.  We removed each item from the case, and then we cleaned both the items and the case.  Once we were done photographing the artifacts we planned to use in our project, we replaced them all back in the case in the same respective places from which they had come.  In this way, we managed to both perform a service for the museum and obtain some needed media for the Scalar project.  I took around 27 photos, but I have to go through them to determine which are worth keeping and which should be discarded.

Shannon was able to rip a copy of a video about the Pueblo Army Air Base from one of the displays for use in our project.  When I say rip, I don’t mean physically, but rather he was able to copy the video from the DVD that the video was on to his computer.  We would obviously never damage any artifacts in any way.  We plan to feature this video on our Scalar, and I think we will be able to host it on youtube for the viewing pleasure of our site’s visitors.

Until next time, thanks for reading!

Thursday’s Museum Visit

On Thursday March 29, 2018. our group returned to the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum to gather more media for the Scalar project that we’re working on about the history of the Pueblo Army Air Base.  We had hoped to gain access to one of the glass cases that contained many photographs of the base and its personnel, but unfortunately neither the museum’s president or vice president were on the premises to provide that access.  The trip was not wasted, however, since we were able to gather other media from exhibits elsewhere in the museum.

One exhibit in particular that we wished to photograph was a model of Pueblo Army Air Base sometimes referred to as the “sand table”.  The table has a clear acrylic covering that makes photography difficult due to reflections from the overhead lights.  The four of us were able to remove the large acrylic cover, and this allowed a series of panoramic photos to be taken from overhead that should add nicely to our Scalar project.  Other photos were taken in the museum as well, and these will be uploaded to the Scalar’s media section to be peppered throughout the project as deemed appropriate.

Another visit to the aircraft museum is planned to gather the media from the display that we were unable to get on this occasion.  We have a deal in place with the museum staff that we will clean the inside of the case in exchange for access to the material.  This should prove mutually beneficial to both us and the museum, and we would like to thank the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and their staff for their assistance.  If it were not for them, this project would likely not be possible.

Difficulty with Scalar Sorted Out

We have been having difficulty getting everyone oriented on the same scalar page.  We each have our own page, but getting those pages to coordinate was not working.  Initially we decided to use Shanon Sinclair’s scalar for all of us to work on, but this proved difficult because of accessibility reason.  Shanon did not sign-up for scalar through Reclaim Hosting like the rest of us had, so for some reason it would not recognize the rest of us.  After working with the program for awhile, we were finally able to get everyone equal access to Michael Moore’s scalar found at www.emptythoughts.net.  Unfortunately, we had to re accomplish some of the work that had already been done on Shanon’s scalar, but now we are back on track.   I feel like this will make all future work we are doing on the Pueblo Army Air Base much simpler, and I will soon be adding my chronology to it as soon as it is done.

Starting Pueblo Army Air Base Chronology

I am starting a chronology of important events for our scalar project about the Pueblo Army Air Base.  It will not be an all inclusive chronology, but rather one that just focuses on key events that occur from the base’s start in 1942 until its end in 1946.  We have not determined yet if this will be its own page in the scalar or if it will be a sub-heading to another page.  I think it will be an important addition to the project either way.  I am using the electronic archives on loan to us from the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and Dr. Ray Sisson’s book that also timelines the base but in more detail than I intend.

Professor Rees is Introduced to the Project

Today we were able to bring Professor Rees to the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum to show him everything we had concerning our project. Prior to this, I think there was some misconceptions about whether or not our project was achievable, but I am glad to say that we have now won his support. We were able to show him the available media and the museum’s library which includes the electronic archives and paper archives of the unit’s newspapers and other information about the base. Together we decided to concentrate on the relationship that the base had with the surrounding community of Pueblo, Colorado. This narrows our project’s focus into an achievable arena, and it provides us with a specific direction in which to place our attentions when organizing our scalar.

Beginning of new Colorado History project

On Thursday, January 25th, my small group of fellow researchers and I began the process of determining if our idea for a research project based on the history of the Pueblo Army Air Base is viable or not.  We were heartened to find that the staff at the Pueblo Weisbrod Air Museum were all too happy to assist us in our endeavor and have offered us access to the digitized archives from the base.  We also have access to artifacts from the base that are found within the museum itself.  The trick will be sifting through the archives to determine if we can make heads or tails out of what’s available to us.  If it appears that there is just too much information in a disorganized manner, we may have to fall back on an easier project.  Updates to come…